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Established Camping

Soda Butte Campground

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National Forest

Custer Gallatin National Forest

THIS CAMPGROUND IS HARD SIDED CAMPING ONLYOpen late June__- Labor Day, weather dependent.A campground in Beartooth Country__on the Gardiner__District.__Maps: Soda Butte Campground MapCamp sites: 27Accessible Facilities:Fire GratesFood BoxesTablesTent PadsToiletsTrash CansWaterTrash Pickup: NoFirewood: NoNo Reservations: This campground does not use a reservation system, it is managed on a first-come, first-served basis. Be aware the campground may fill up on weekends & holidays during the summer months and you should arrive in the early afternoon to ensure there is a space available for the night.Information:Gardiner OfficeP.O. Box 5; 805 Scott St.Gardiner, MT 59030(406) 848-7375

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Location

Soda Butte Campground is located in Montana

Detail location of campground

Directions

1 mi E of Cooke City on US 212

Coordinates

45.02419 N
109.91201 W

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  • Drive-In
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For Campers

  • Trash
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

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  • Big Rig Friendly

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6 Reviews

Greg J.
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2023

Quiet and peaceful

Campsites are all primitive although there is potable water available. Nice variety of sites from shaded and secluded to open and sunny. Some sites have a great view of the mountain. Beware, grizzlies have been roaming the grounds. Hard sided campers are highly recommended.

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Month of VisitSeptember
NThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2021

Bear Country

Dates:  open late June (weather permitting) - Sep 30

Fees:  $20.00 Additional vehicle $5.00

Reservations:  FCFS

Sites:  27  Accessibility:  yes

Amenities:  pit toilet, fire ring/grill, picnic table, bear box, trash, water

Alerts:  No tents, hard side only due to bears  Bear boxes food storage NOT FOR TRASH

I love the security lights on the pit toilets.  The forest is beautiful with all the pine trees.  There are a lot of open areas which is great for solar.  Large rigs will do great in this campground.  Road is gravel and so are pads.  It can be very dusty so drive slow and keep the dust down.  Some sites are very private and some not so much.  The back drop of the trees and mountains make this a great place to spend some time.

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Soda Butte Campground by N I., October 27, 2021
  • Review photo of Soda Butte Campground by N I., October 27, 2021
  • Review photo of Soda Butte Campground by N I., October 27, 2021
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Dave L.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2021

Sleep in the car!

We found this campsite on the way to Yellowstone. We slept in the car and put our coolers and bins in the Bear box next to the site. The campground was full of campers and wasn't too bad with the generators. We were close to the bathroom and water.overall it was a good experience.
Close to town and the main gate.

Site4
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Soda Butte Campground by Dave L., July 30, 2021
Ryan
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2021

Bear Country

After a bad experience of trying to get in at one of the more primitive sites in northeast Yellowstone, we were extremely lucky to find out that this campground opened early this year. They usually arent open until July. Our experience here was wonderful. Very quiet, peaceful, and the host is a great guy. This is definitely bear country here so hard sided units only. There was a brutal bear attack here around 10 years ago leaving one dead and two severely injured, so just a heads up! There is a day use only area that is for that reason. Mosquitoes are were pretty bad here when we stayed.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Soda Butte Campground by Ryan , June 27, 2021
  • Review photo of Soda Butte Campground by Ryan , June 27, 2021
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Amy S.
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2021

Great remote site

Near the town of Cooke City. Great campground with plenty of space. Bear an off-road trail. Grizzly bear country. Cooke City was great little restaurants. Our fave is a little coffee shop in the East side of town. Great hot chocolate and coffee. The baked goods were so good!

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Soda Butte Campground by Amy S., June 19, 2021
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Reviewed Feb. 3, 2021

Hidden Gem

Amazing little campground with a great host. Hard sided campers only. Nestled in the woods with an amazing view. We had a moose walk through our camp. Did not see any bears but they have been known to frequent the campground. Bear boxes provided for keeping food and supplies safe at each site. We stayed in July and September.

  • Review photo of Soda Butte Campground by Traci , February 3, 2021
  • Review photo of Soda Butte Campground by Traci , February 3, 2021
  • Review photo of Soda Butte Campground by Traci , February 3, 2021